How does sugar damage your Teeth?

How does sugar damage your teeth?

The Effects of Sugar on Your Teeth

Pramukh Dental Care

December 15, 2022

Sugar has a Direct Connection to tooth decay. After eating foods that contain sugar, these molecules combine with saliva and bacteria present in the mouth. This combination leads to plaque on teeth. Left on teeth, plaque can dissolve enamel, which leads to cavities. The blog here discusses how sugar damages your teeth.

The sugar reacts with the bacteria that live in the mouth. It’s the by-product of this that causes decay, the acid that rots the teeth. Basically, it’s not the sugar itself that damages your teeth, but rather the bacteria living in your mouth that feed on it.

Are we consuming too much sugar?

Sugar is naturally present in foods such as fruit. These natural sugars are less likely to affect your risk of tooth decay if you follow a good oral hygiene routine. Children are usually more vulnerable to tooth decay than adults, as their teeth are still developing and the enamel is softer and easier to damage.

What are the Sugariest Foods and Drink

Sugar-sweetened drinks, particularly soft drinks, and energy drinks can be especially damaging to teeth. Not only can the bacteria in your mouth convert the sugars to produce acids, the drinks themselves often contain high acid content.

  • Soft Drinks and Energy Drinks (19%)
  • Fruit and Vegetable Juices (13%)
  • Confectionery (8.7%)
  • Cakes and Muffins (8.7%)
  • Cordial Drinks (4.9%)

How to protect your teeth from sugar?

Check the nutrition labels of all the food and drink you buy, limiting those high in sugar.

  • Trying to avoid snacks and sugary drinks between meals – limit your frequency
  • Trying not to eat or drinking before going to bed
  • Drinking water or rinsing your mouth after any snack or drink, especially if it is a sugary

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